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?ICipiOND, VA., TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 1912."
Politicians in Baltimore
Are High Up in
the Air.
All Are Confident That Bird of
Victory Is Waiting to Perch
on Party Banner, but No
One Is Wise Enough to .
Foretell Outcome of
This Convention.
uv 8ami hi, <;. in. vi in:.
< Copyright. 1912. i
(Special to The Times*Olipatch.J
Baltimore, Md., June ;i.?'Please,
sir. buy a ticket tu the aviation meet.
fo: the benefit of the fresh ait fund."
pleaded a fair
younf thin,' In tho
lobby of the Bel?
"Realty, my dear
young lady,'* re?
plied the Demo?
cratic national
commltteeraan to
whom she uudo
her plea, "really 1
would like to
oblige you, but we
do nut need the
ticket? We arc
all up in the air
as It Is.''
Samuel v-Bljrthe. Now that, at its
kind, was a pas?
sable joke for a politician. Also It
contained a serin of truth. The lead?
ers, the delegates, the alternates, the
managers, the manuge-J. the Insiders,
tiie outk|d>.-!x and all of those now In
this city spent mont Of, Monday In the
air, and not many of them had alighted
when the taut band ha,i played "Mary?
land. My MerylanJ," for the last time,
whi h was reasonably late in the,eve?
All Anxious for llnrmuu;.
The- proposition Keemu t<> be that
harmony in the Democratic lanks is ;i
most desirable commodity at this Junc?
ture and that ftobddy present la anxious
to wade through leai of inood to set it.
inasmuch as the Democrats are firmly
convinced that they are Stirling some?
thing here that will i>r enthusiastically
ratiflol at the polls In next November,
even the moi-t acrimonious of them is
averse to doing anything that will In?
terfere with tho predicted and desired
They do not want to fight, theso
Democrats, except to secure the inesti?
mable blessing of a peace that .-hall he
? ontinuous enough to tide them over
until March ? next, when it may be
shattered in the jush for places on the
payroll. Tr.ey are certain they will
w In. They see visions of patronage
bheaj Of them They have begun to
in. k out their jobs. It in all over have
the mere ?letal! of registering nerc at
the convention the will of the people
by the selection, after due delibera?
tion, of the per.'cn who shall reside In
tints' Vhite House after Mr. Taft gets
thr.'' v'h with it, and the mere further
? I. ta. of passing that man along to the
bcopHfl who will do the triumphant rest
at the polls.
Kenr la High Treason.
Any Democrat who breathed the fear
tnat tiie nominee of this convention
v ill not be elected immediately had
Ills license taken away from him and
was fined for smoking In the street.
That was treason, and high treason at
that, when y>u consider the Democrats
base not had a President since Cleve?
land went out in 1S&7. Victory, they
tell you. Is preparing to perch on their
banners, and In order that they may
easily flo<! the correct perching place
that they erected banners on every
rampart Baltimore nioasts. and have
provided a few fine additional ram?
parts themselves.
There were rumors of war early in
the day?war to tho hilt of whatever
sort of knife Mr. Bryan brought along
?and not a few of the Democrats were
for It and the ensuing cornago on
the broad, patriotic ground that the
sooner the warriors are killed off the
sooner the devotees of the. gentler arts
of peace will have an opportunity to
lead hesitating delegates one. side and
show them how urgent It Is to be calm
nnd collected In tho present contin?
gency. Also, there were rumors of
various other kinds. These, principal?
ly concerned the getting together of
opposing leaders and the mnpplng out
Of plans of procedure thnt shall give
no Democrat cause for complaint, and
shall urge them to ?'.e polls on elec
llon day with the proper ballots clasp?
ed firmly In i.iclr hands.
Hearst nnd Murphy Together.
It was veraclouslv stated that Mr.
Hearst and Mr. Murphy are on the
verge of an amalgamation that must
inevitably result in the early selection
of Champ Clark as tho convention's
candidate. This was tho most Inter?
esting feature of the day. Inasmuch as
what Mr. Hearst has heretofore said
of Mr. Murphy and what Mr. Murphy,
not having the saying facilities of
Mr. Hearst, has thought of Mr. Hearst,
has not conduced to much else, than
simultaneous attempts at murder when
the. two statesmen shall meet.
Mr. Hearst appeared at the Belvedere
Hotel early In the day, neatly attired
In a long black coat, a large black hat'
nnd an expression of heavy responsi?
bility. He went to the modest six-room
suite occupied by Mr. Bryan, and the]
,two conferred long and earnestly. It'
(Continued on Ninth Page.)
Folly to Tit to Whistle
Nebraskan Down
the Wind.
Everywhere the Radicals Are
Confidently Predicting Defeat
of Judge Parker, and An?
other Castigation of Na?
tional Committee?Vir?
ginians Conservative.
in ai.i:\a.MJi;u ioiiwaud.
Baltimore, Md., June : I.?Militant
progressl velsm is In the saddle to?
night. At l<-ast. It la making all the
noise. In every hotel lobby, in tlfe
ranks of scores of marching clubs, on
every street corner, may by found
d e teg a tea and onioukurs ,:>rcdlcting
tbt- Defeat of Jude* Alton U. Barker
loi temporary chairman, and trie ad
I ministration to the national commit?
tee of a castigation urnllar to the
thrashing of issrc.
The conservatives may be here, and
they may be- in t:ie majority, but they
arc not being heard. i-a\c In rooms of
leaders, where the mention of the
name of a certain distinguished Nt
braskan culls down maledictions and
denunciations upon him as the man
who Wiecks his party once every lour
Can't whistle Him U?hp.
it were lolly tu try to Whist'.? Wil?
liam Jennings Bryan down t"c wind.
? Nothing could ue Clearer than tue
mistake of Alfred Henry i-cwis, when
hu saio that the people wno talk of
1 Bryan's Influence ar..- those who aru
' opposed lb him. Five minutes in the
: l.merson, the Belvedere, Uc Bennert
' or the- Kornau lo-nlgut would con
j vince uny man with two ears to the
I contrary. He u a force to be reckon?
ed wltli. True, there are men who
j have lic-retufot u followed his leader*
j ship who to-day are not In sympathy
with his position on the temporary
chairmanship. There are others wno
ai?. not "Uryan men" wnci are with
j nini this time
The issue had to come as soon as
< Mr. Bryan said so- ilia personality
! wotttd make any issue come to a
i head. No matter how to-day's eOll
I ferehce had terminated. Hie i>latform
j or the candidates would nave made
progressive or conservative) policies
the real matter upon which the dele?
gates voted, at some time or oth?
er. But, as a mailer of fact, there
1? no excuse for the issue to come
upon a temporary chairmanship, it
becomes c.eaie-r every moment that
National Commltteeman Kily*on, of
\ irglnla, was right In the opinion he
voiced a few <ia>s ago regarding key?
note speeches. Why snould a commit?
tee selected four years ago choose a
man to voice the- keynote of the cam?
paign to-day. Why a keynote speech
any way?
Presidency Minor Matter.
In view of the progTessive-reactloii
ary-Brya.n-Mu.-phy-1'arker rtght, one
almost feels ho should apologize for
mentior.lr-g the minor matter of who
shall be President. Of courie. the
earnest seeker for Information passes
up headquarters bosh and campaign
manager twaddle.
Bryan's advent into the forefront
makes h:s personal chances of the
nomination much greater than they
were last night. Also, the possibility
that he may come before the conven?
tion as a candtdata tends to make the
aspirants more ready to listen to pos?
sible compromises to prevent his nomi?
nation. For there is hardly a porty
leader of any shade of opinion who
wants Mr. Bryan.
C.ark has tho best chance to-night,
for he has uno.uestIona.bly the most
votes. A cleavage may come on the
Porker Bryan dispute Which will di?
vide his forces and make for Wilson
success, but the Clark strength Is un?
deniable and unmistakable. So is the
enthusiasm for him. It will 'be diffi?
cult Indeed to put Clark through with?
out Wilson's consent. Therein may
come the Commoner's hope for the
nomination. Then Bryan's apparent
Impending success In the. initial fight
will unquestionably force his name
to the front and be in the mind of
every delegate when the balloting
Everybody In Oood Humor.
There, is one cheering featune which
should not bo overlooked. Nearly
everybody 1? In a good humor about
it, and the ill feeling at Chicago Is
not duplicated >n "Baltimore. To what,
over extent of progressivism the con?
vention may go. Virginia will not help.
Tho majority of tho delegation is con?
servative. In Bpite of a.ll reports to
the contrary, the determination of
most of the Virginians to stand by
Underwood oa long as there is any
chance for him !s unshaken.
Organization leaders claim to-night
that sixteen of Virginia's, votes will
go for Underwood on tho first ballot,
and on every other ballot so long as
there is a chance for him. They con?
cede only sKWen to Wilson, with one
But on the unit rule the situation
seems different. It 5s doubtful. Indee'd,
If sixteen votes, or the necessary two
thirds, can bo Invoked to make the Wil?
son followers vote for Underwool,
whether they want to or not. It la
prohahlo the attempt will h(. made.
Even If the unit rule Is adopted It
(Continued on Ninth Page^>
_(Copyright, Underwood & Unlerwood.)
It Was Tendered to Colonel
Roosevelt, but on Objection?
able Terms.
Southern Delegates Offered
Their Votes it" He Would Stop
Fight Against Fraud.
Cleveland, June 24.?A new party
from the ground up is the Roosevelt
program. Alter a verles of discus?
sions with his 1'eutcnants to-day be?
fore leaving Chicago, in which there
were several sharp clashes, Colonel
Roosevelt decided to cut entirely
away from the party with which his
whole public career has been identi?
fied. His decision was a disappoint?
ment to those who favored the organ?
ization of what might he considered an
Independent Republican party with
which the various State, organizations
m'ctht co-operate and still maintain,
It was hoped, a nom'nal regularity.
?'Thero must bo no compromise, no
straddle." Colonel Roosevelt said. As j
an indication of his determination, he |
said that when he returned to Oyster
Bay he would communicate with a ;
number of Democrats, who he
thought, might wish to join the new
When he had loft Chicago, with the 1
first plans completed and his leaders
scattering to all parts of the country.!
Colonel Roosevelt expressed himself !
as pleased with the outcome of con?
vention week, although it was unex?
pected to him. He said that the way |
in which h's action had been received j
was encourag'ng, and that he had a I
mass of letters and telegrams from
oil parts of tho country, from both
Democrats and Republicans offering
His For the Asking.
The Republican nomination for
President, Colonel Roosevelt asserted
t^-night, was his for the asking on
the day that President Taft was re
nominated. lie declined to accept it.
he said, on the terms under which the
offer was made.
j On his way back to Oyster Bay the
[former President gave a glimpse into
the secret history of the last day of
the convontlon, when It was apparent
j that tho tide of hnttle had turned re
islstlessly against him. It was a plan
to seize control of the convention at
the last moment by a sudden niovo.
overturn the Taft majority and make
Roosevolt tho nominee.. This is the
story as he told It:
Early Sunday morning a group of
/.Continued on Ninth Page.)
Nearly a Fist Fight During,
Hearing of Rhode Island
Baltimore. Md., June 24.?The na?
tional committee, after a half hour's
deliberation hearing the Illinois con-j
test, voted to seat the entlr contest-!
llnois voteB to teat the entire contest
e 1 delegation known as the Hoger Sul?
livan delegation, turning flown the
ease brougnt by the Harrison-Heat st
faction. Twenty-six seats wore In?
volved. The decision does not affect
the presidential contest, as all the
delegates, contestants and cotiyesli-oi,
[ are for Champ Clark.
A list light was narrowly averted be?
fore the subcommittee cl the national
j committee which heard the Rhode Is-j
land contests. Frank K. Fltzsimmon?.'
! chairman of the Khode Island Demo?!
j cratic Sta'.e Central Cuntmittee, one of
three men contesting the credentials:
held by Rhode island delegates, call -1
ed John J. Fitzgerald, who was argu-i
lug againM the contestants a "liar"|
and a ?'coward.'' Fitzgerald started:
for Fltzslmmons. The latter stripped'
oft' Ills coal and a fist tight was immln-:
ent when members of the committee,
%and bystanders separated the palr.|
Both lutcr apologized.
I Spirited argument characterized tho |
arguments In the contest from Illinois,
in which Mayor Carter H. Harrison
and the William Randolph Hearst
' Democratic faction of Chicago were
j the contestants against the Roger C
I Sullivan faction. The Harrison-Hearst
delegates from tho Tenth Cox County
District a net tho Seventh and tha
[Twenty-seventh nnd Twenty-eighth
[ District of lllinyls had been selected
In regular primary elections, whereas
the delegates seated were chosen lu |
the old-fashioned conventions.
Only seventy-eight seats In the I
whole convention were contested i
r-hortiy before midnight the full com?
mittee met to hear reports of the sub?
committee and decide the cases.
In the Rhode Island contests the
national committee threw out the con- '
tests instituted by the adheicnts of i
Representative 0'?haughness?.y.
Ten Wilson delegates from South !
I Dakota were given their seivtt against i
a contesting Claru delegation.
1 A Pennsylvania contest involving j
[half a vote was settled <n favor of the i
contestees, and the six unlnstructed
I delegates from the Philippines were'
I seated In spite of a contest.
Judge Parker Indorsed for Tem?
porary Chairman by Na?
tional Committee.
Peace Committee Appointed to
Prevent Contest on Floor
Fails in Its Efforts.
j Baltimore. Md.. June 24?Former
| Judge Alton B. Park-r. of New York,
i was chosen as the candidate for tern
! porary chairman of th<> Democratic
' National Convention by the national
committee to-night. Parke- received
'81 votes; Senator-Elect OlHo James, of
Kentucky, 20, and Senator O'Gorman,
of New York, 2. The vote on the tem?
porary chairmanship was announced
as follows:
For Parker?James Weatherly, Ala?
bama; A. J. Mlchaelson, Arizona; Guy
B. Tucker. Arkansas; Nathan Cole, Jr.,
California; Homer S. Cummlngs, Con?
necticut; T. Almert .leaning*, Florida;
Clark Howell, Georgia; Simeon P. Don- j
nelly, Idaho. Roge.r C. Sullivan, I ill- j
hois; Thomas Taggurt, Indiana, Mar?
tin J. Wade. Iowa, t'rey Woodso'n, I
Kentucky. K. D. Jones, Maine; J. Fred
C. Ta-lbot. Maryland; Edwin O. Wood,
Michigan; c, li. Williams, ?Mississippi;
J. Bruce Krenter. Montana; Eugene K.
Heed, New Hampshire; Norman K.
Mack. New York, W. T. Brady. Okla
homa; J. M. Guffey, Pennsylvania;
George \V. Greene. Rhode Island; K, K.
1? Mountcastle. Tennessee: R. N. John?
ston. Texas: Thomas H. Browne. Ver?
mont: J. Taylor Bllyson, Vimglnla: A.
J. Daly, Alaska: F.dwlu A. Newman.
District of Columbia; Gilbert J. Wal?
ler, Hawaii; D. M. Field. Porto Rico:
member from the Philippines. Total.
For Ollte James?Alva Adams,
Colorado; Wlllard Saulsbury. Dela?
ware: WIRIarn F. Sapp. Kansas.
Robert Ewing. Louisiana: F. B. Lynch.
Minnesota; Edward F. Ooltra. Mis?
souri; P. D. Hall. Nebraska; John
Pu..derland, Nevada; Robert P. Hud
speth. New Jersey; Josephus Daniels.
North Carolina; William S. Collins.
North Dakota; A. A. Jones. New
Mexico; Harvey O. Garber. Ohio: W,
A. Miller. Oregon; B. R. Tlllman,
South Carolina (hy proxy): E. S.
Johnson. South Dakota: Frank K.
Neboker. Utah; W. H. Dunphy. Wash?
ington; Joseph E. Davlos, Wisconsin;
iContlnuad an Ninth ItZm^\
All Peace Efforts Fail and Commoner Will
Carry His Fight Against Parker for Tem?
porary Chairman to Floor When Con?
vention Opens at Noon To-Day.
Nebraskan Denounces New York Jurist as Having
Been Put Forward by the Predatory Interests
Which Defeated the People's Will at Chicago and
Now Hope to Overturn Wishes of Progressive
Majority at Baltimore?Leaders of Various Presi?
dential Booms Look to Opening Contest With
Trepidation?Bryan and Wilson Discussed as
Possible Ticket.
What Mr. Bryan Thinks of Judge Parker
??I shall <lUcu?a Mr. Porker's fllocaa for the position to-morrow. It
!? euough to-ulaht to no? that If he docs uot know whose agent he 1?
he locks the Intelligence necessary for a presiding; ofllcrr, and if he does,
Uhu?, bp doe* not denerve the support of any man who ham the right
to call hlniaclf a Democrat."?From statement of W. J. Dryan.
Baltimore.. Md.. June 24.?All hope of averting a fight from
the fait of the gavel 111 the Democratic National Convention van
itihed to-night when the national committee approved the selection
of former ludge Alton B. Parker, of New York, as temporary chair?
man in denance of the threat of William J. Bryan to make an issue
of the alleged conservatism of Judge Parker as opposed to the pro
gressivcism which the distinguished Nebraskan declares should pre?
An effort was made by the national committee to-day to pla?
cate Mr. Bryan, but a conference resulted in complete failure. Mr.
Bryan would not recede from the position he had taken, and to?
night prepared to make his fight from the floor to-morrow to rally
the progressives to his standard in opposition to Judge Parker.
Mr. Bryan announced to-day that if no other good progressive
could be prevailed upon to make the race, he would enter the field
himself as the opponent of Judge Parker.
Ia Dominant Figure of Convention.
The Nebraskan, three times the candidate of his party for the
presidency, stood out to-day as the dominant figure in the conven?
tion. All* contigcncics of the future, including the nomination of a
presidential candidate, seemed to hinge upon what he should do.
flic impression continued to be more marked that Mr. Bryan might
himself be the ultimate presidntial nominee. Some of his friends
to-night declared that he would be votd for in the convention
whether formally placed in nomination or not, and they expressed
the belicl that he would win if the voting should go to a fourth or
fifth ballot.
In furtherance of their hope of nominating Mr. Bryan, some
of his friends, it is said, are bending their energies to preventing
a coalition of the Clark and Wilson forces. They are talking of
Bryan and Wilson as a possible ticket, and the suggestion is re?
ceiving attention in many quarters.
In the event that Mr. Bryan shoud not be a candidate himself
for temporary chairman, it was said he might urge Senator John \V.
Kern, of Indiana, his running mate of four years ago, for the place.
The leaders to-night, however, expected Mr. Bryan to enter the
Contest Is Viewed With Trepidation.
The contest over the chairmanship is looked forward to with
trepidation by some of the leaders and by the supporters of several
j of the presidential aspirants. One of the most interesting develop
Iments looked.for is the stand to be taken by the Champ Clark dele
! gates. A large number of these already have been pledged to sup?
port the choice of the national committee, whoever he might be.
This action was regarded in the State delegations as distinctly an
anti-Bryan move. There has been a long-standing friendship be?
tween Mr. Bryan and Speaker Clark. The delegates to the conven?
tion to-night are wondering if to-morrow's battle will show a rup
! ture
It is a coincidence that Mr. Brj'an is arraying himself against
j the only man who has shared with him the presidential nomination
jof his party since the memorable campaign of 1896?sixteen years
, ago.
Judge Parker's comparatively wide margin of success in the
I national committee?31 to 20?was taken by many of the leaders
I to-night a? an indication of defeat for Mr. Bryan. The latter's
friends declined to put any such interpretation upon the action of
j the committee.
Committee Action Expected by Bryan.
Mr. Bryan said: T had expected it. When Mr. Guffey was
I seated against the protests of the Democrats of Pennsylvania I
j learned what I had expected, that a majority of that committee
I either had no conception of Democracy or was so slavishly under
the control of the predatory interests as not 10 he free to follow their
convictions. The reasons which they give are like all reasons "iven
in defense of wrong. The) are insincere and are not the reasons
that really influence them. The fight will he resumed to-morrow,
at which time a progressive will lie pre^-entod for the convention
to vote for. and the line will he drown so that the delegates can de?
cide whether they will ally themselves with the Belmont-Rvan
Murphy crowd, that overwhelmed the party with defeat eight years
ago, ami which is in close and continuous copartnership with the
crowd that nominated Mr. Taft at Chicago.
'The predatory interests have no politics. They are with the
party that serves them. Having enabled a minority of the Repub?
licans to override the will of a majority of Republicans at Chicago
they are now here to enable a minority of the Democrats to over?
ride the majority in this convention.
H.armony Talk Too Absurd for Consideration.
1 There is not a great exploiting interest that is not represented
in the lobbies of the hotel; there is not a corrupting influence in
American politics that is not heinr; used, and the delegates to this
convention underestimate the intelligence of the men who sent them
here it they think that they can go back and deceive them into be?
lieving that they supported Mr. Parker from anv. worthy n-otive
1 lie talk of harmony is too absurd to deserve consideration. I tried
to secure harmony by urging several weeks ago that the 'commit
{Contlnued on Ninth~Pa"go~r ~-"?

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